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CASA GRANDE — Friday night’s football game between Casa Grande Union and Chandler Seton Catholic at Al Van Hazel Stadium was canceled due to at least two Seton players testing positive for COVID-19.

CG Union athletic director Randy Robbins said he was informed by Seton AD Gregg Buchanan shortly after 1 p.m. Friday that due to Seton’s COVID-19 protocol, the Sentinels would have to cancel. Robbins said he then phoned Seton principal Victor Serna, who confirmed the cancellation.

“I wish we would have known earlier in the week,” Robbins said. “We (possibly) could have made other arrangements” to play a different opponent. “It’s disappointing.”

CG Union coach Jake Barro said his players “were pretty upset” when he informed them that the game was off.

“They work hard and they want the opportunity to play,” Barro said. “When you have a team cancel on you at the last minute, that’s tough. But we have to move on and hopefully pick up another game down the road.”

Robbins said he will attempt to find an opponent for the Cougars to play on Nov. 12, which is the last Friday of the regular season. But it won’t be Seton, which faces Phoenix St. Mary’s on that date. Seton is off on Oct. 22, but CG Union is playing at Sahuarita Walden Grove on that date.

The unexpected week off has one silver lining: the Cougars won’t be nursing the usual bumps and bruises associated with playing on Friday night.

“This gives a chance to get some rest and get healthy,” Barro said.

CG Union is 3-0 following wins of 26-14 over Phoenix Sunnyslope, 35-21 over Peoria and 55-0 over Maricopa. The Cougars are averaging 38.7 points and 486 total yards (294 rushing, 192 passing) while allowing 11.7 points.

Seton (2-1) is nearly as potent offensively as the Cougars, averaging 38.3 points and 424 total yards (156 rushing, 268 passing), but the Sentinels surrendered 95 points in their last two games (47-35 loss to Glendale Deer Valley, 51-48 win over Queen Creek Benjamin Franklin) after topping Prescott Valley Bradshaw 29-19 in their opener.

Barro has been pleased with CG Union’s progress.

“The first two games, we were trying to figure things out. Last week, everything clicked. Our execution is getting better,” he said after the rout of previously undefeated Maricopa.

The Cougars are hopeful they can pick up where they left off when they host Douglas (1-1) on Thursday.


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